Nevada Candidate Sharron Angle Left GOP in Reagan Years

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National Republicans are promising to help bankroll her campaign. Reid is on track to raise $25 million to defend his seat, and Angle's campaign banked $1.2 million through mid-May, the most recent figures available. [See who is giving money to Reid.]

Her campaign said she has raised more than $700,000 in online donations alone since the primary. She hired Indiana-based Prosper Group Corp., the online fundraisers who helped Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown raise $12 million over the Internet.

In a boost for Angle, a political committee advised by President George W. Bush's former political adviser, Karl Rove, is running an ad statewide that blames Reid for backing the costly stimulus plan while 180,000 Nevadans remain jobless.

Angle has said repeatedly she supports phasing out Social Security over time, calling it "a broken system without much to recommend it." She has not offered a detailed plan but said seniors now collecting benefits would not be cut off. Younger workers would be shifted to private retirement accounts, an idea similar to what former President George W. Bush proposed six years ago, only to see it flop.

On Monday, Angle appeared to backpedal. Asked by Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity about criticism that she wanted to phase out Social Security, Angle said, "It's nonsense."

"I want to save Medicare and Social Security," Angle said, according to a transcript of the program. "What we need is to make our senior citizens feel secure once more with their own Social Security and Medicare. But going forward, we need to personalize that program in a way that the government can't go in and raid it anymore."

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